Week 42 – #1 A Fairy Tale

I went with the Valencia Lakes Singles club to the Florida History Museum in Tampa and they had an exhibit called – Finding Fairyland – Rediscovering Tampa’s Lost Theme Park.  Located in what is now Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, it was originally founded and named in honor of Sumter Lowry, Sr in 1925.  The zoological portion had its start in the late 1950’s.  The main attraction back in in 1925 was not the animals though – at least not real ones.  Instead people came to see animals and people from their favorite nursery rhymes and storybooks.  They came to see Fairyland.  Tampa mayor Nick Nuccio is credited with creating the zoo that we know today as well as the establishment of Fairyland.  It was modeled after Storyland in New Orleans.  Fairyland consisted of over a dozen different nursery rhyme and children’s storybook vignettes.

By 2016, the city of Tampa determined that the figurines were surplus property and would be sold at auction.  Nunez wanted to find a way to rescue the figures and have them restored.  He partnered with several people including Dan Perez of Tampa Pix, to create the movement that soon took the name Saving Fairyland.  The auction took place on January 2017, and they acquired some of the figures.

This is what the figurines looked like in their original settings.

How many do you recognize?

Hickory Dickory Dock. The mouse ran up the clock…

Little miss muffet, …along came a spider….


inside the pumpkin

Humpty Dumpty…… all the king’s men…

Jack and the beanstalk.

Three little pigs…

Snow White and the seven dwarfs  (well they didn’t have all of them).

Prince Charming


Ahh, history fading away.  Hopefully they can restore some of these.

Week 41 – #40 Good Old Days

Good Old Days – Baseball, Apple Pie, Hot Dogs and Mom   or was that Chevrolet.  Just thinking back to the old sayings – or car themes.  It gets confusing as to when these sayings started.  But here is my throw back – 

This is my friend Jean’s dog ( stretching that hot dog term) Trish, at the Dog Day at George Steinbrenner Field in Tampa.

And of course we must include the baseball part of this – Here are a couple of the Tampa Yankees who took their supporting Baseball Buddies onto the field for the national anthem.   A great experience for young players getting to meet the players – and future stars of tomorrow.

And the Yankees won.  (well at least they weren’t playing the Red Sox, so it was OK).  :^)

Week 40 – #48 What a Character

Well now.  Go to New Orleans and walk around and I bet you will find more than one “What a Character”.  Here are a couple of mine.

David “Purple Man” Carriere and his trusty mule “Mother-in-Law”, standing here after our ride around the French Quarter with Becky.  If you go, ride with David, and he will surely show you a good time.  We laughed so hard.

Breakfast in New Orleans means a stop at “The Grill”.  Here are the two funny men who waited on us.  Quite some breakfast too.

Down by the French Market, we spotted this gentleman – who sported a look that caused us to think – Boy George – well from a few years ago.

And finally this guy, from Jackson Square.  Not sure what his thing was all about, but that was some getup!

Now there were lots of groups playing in the street, but I was looking for more of a single person that would catch my eye.


Week 38 – #5 Artistic

This is a first for me.  I am trying the Smart Photo Editor that Liz Cantarine has used very successfully.  Me, not so much yet.  I need a lot more practice and getting used to how this works.  Hard to see how the end came from the first, but here it is, a little artistic endeavor – for Easter.

End result –

pre step – 

Original –

Week 37 – #46 Unwanted or Distracting Objects

When photographing wildlife, there is always the case where you can see the animal or bird you were seeking to photograph but.  And there is the thing – the BUT.  There is always something; a branch, a leaf, a twig, a person or a car that just got into your shot, making getting the nice image impossible.  I could post a large number of my Germany or Paris photos with all the people / cars in the wrong place, as they entered the shot before I could click the shutter.   Aarrrggh.  We all know that feeling.

So here is my unwanted branch, sticking up in front of the Great Horned Owl parent, blocking the complete view of the face of the adult.  If I moved to my left,  I would have had to move too much to my left and then you could not see their faces as well.  So here is my record shot of the parent Great Horned Owl and owlet. This was the best I got that morning –  no fantastic image – just a recording of the fact I saw the baby owlet. Some days it goes like this.   This was taken with the Sony 24 – 240 lens – and cropped to an unimaginable small portion of the original as the tree was quite a ways up from us in the Boyd Hill Preserve in Pinellas Park, Florida.

Week 35 – #17 Lost/Misplaced/Missing Piece

You may not understand my reasoning, but since there are 3 options in the theme, I have selected the stark images of the oil seeping from the USS Arizona for this theme.  The image shows the USS Missouri in the distance.  From the sinking of the USS Arizona which brought the United States into the war to the ship where the document for the surrender was signed, thus ending World War II.  The lost and entombed souls (missing), and how the events of the time, led to the missing of the information to prevent the attack.

This is to remember the 1,177 souls lost that day on the Arizona, and the total of 2,403 in Pearl Harbor.

Week 34 – #34 Splash of Color

During my visit to Hawai’i, one of the things that caught my attention was the splashes of color within the lava fields.  As you walk along lava trails to go see Stone Arches or Petroglyphs, you find plants have gotten into a crevice and started growing.  I was amazed to find the flower along side the road where plants were just getting started.

Given the right circumstances, Life will find a way.